Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Generating Speech Topics Part 2

I am building on my activity from last year and spending more time on working with students to generate speech topics. I really want to encourage them to not just Google "speech topics" and do something that is meaningful to them.

They will answer the following questions individually that I wrote and then answer questions posed by their peers.

Then they will submit (if they want to) the answers in class. I will be their recorder. After each question we will discuss how their answers can be turned into a persuasive speech topic.

A side benefit to this thus far has been that their answers are really telling and informative and will help me connect to them as students.

January 4, 2017


  1. What do you see yourself doing in ten years?
  2. What are the three most challenging aspects of being a teenager?
  3. What are the three best parts of being a teenager?
  4. What are the three best parts of living in Israel?
  5. What are the three worst parts of living in Israel?
  6. What three things do you like most about this school?
  7. What three things do you like least about this school?
  8. If you could pick any five classes to take and not have to worry about requirements or anything else, what would they be?
  9. What are the three best parts of social media?
  10. What are the three worst parts of social media?
  11. If you could change three things in the world, what would they be?
  12. What are three things that your parents don’t know about you?
  13. What three things make a good parent?
  14. What three things make a good teacher?
  15. What three things make a bad teacher?
  16. What three news items concerned you over the past two weeks?
  17. If you had five million dollars to give away, what three charitable groups would you give it to?
  18. If you could go three places anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  19. If you could advise Mr. Trump on three things, what would they be?
  20. Where is your happy place?
  21. Who or what three people/things get on your nerves and why?
  22. What three things are not fair and why?
  23. What three things make a good friend?
  24. What three things make a bad friend?
  25. What is your ideal job? Student Generated:
  26. What are three things that make someone truly happy?
  27. If you could have anything you wanted, what would it be?
  28. If you could be anywhere right now, where would it be, and why?
  29. What makes up a good school?
  30. If you could change one thing that happened in 2016, what would it be?
  31. If you were stranded on a deserted island what is one thing or who is one person that you would bring?
  32. What is one of your biggest life regrets?  
  33. What are three reasons you like about music?
  34. Who are three people that you miss often?

Biggest Compliment As a Teacher


A student today told me that she is going to college because of my class. She wasn't interested in attending college, but now she is. This deserved it's own Blog entry!